Scholarships

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. While at Western, you will want to devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.

Some funding is awarded to you upon entry into a program; some is based on recommendations from the program that is admitting you; and others you must apply for yourself - either to Western University or to an external funding agency.

External Scholarships

Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Graduate Scholarships (CEMF)

CEMF scholarships are awarded to Canadian or Permanent Resident women enrolled full time in a graduate engineering program. The selection criteria is based on leadership, community involvement and extracurricular activities. Academic performance is not part of the selection criteria. All winners are expected to act as role models and mentors to youth and especially to young women. These scholarship opportunities require a letter of nomination from the Dean of Engineering.

Interested applicants must notify the Engineering Graduate Office by December 1st to be considered for nomination.

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The Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Graduate Engineering Scholarship (PhD)- $15,000
The Vale Masters Engineering Scholarship (MESc) - $10,000

Canadian Graduate Scholarships - Master

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master Program (CGSM) is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. The CGSM Program supports 2,500 students annually in all disciplines and is administered jointly by Canada’s three federal granting agencies.

Value: $17,500 for 12 months

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Engineers Canada - Scholarship Programs

Each year, in partnership with Manulife and TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, we award six cash prizes totalling $60,000 to professional engineers returning to university.

There are two types of scholarships:

1. Engineers Canada-Manulife Three scholarships valued at $12,500 each to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university for further study or research in an engineering field.
2. Engineers Canada-TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Three scholarships valued at $7,500 each to support Canadian professional engineers returning to university for further study or research. Your studies must be in a field other than engineering, but one that will complement your engineering practice.

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Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and QEII Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEIIGSST)

OGS awards are merit-based scholarships available to students in all disciplines of graduate study. The OGS program is jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and Ontario universities. The Province of Ontario contributes two-thirds of the value of the award and the University provides one-third through private donations to Western.

Value: $5,000 per term for up to 1 year (3 terms)

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Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program is an important initiative to attract top international students to Ontario for Ph.D studies. Students interested in the Ontario Trillium Scholarships are encouraged to contact the graduate program when applying for admission to Western University. Because of the elite nature of this scholarship-recruitment program, a qualified international applicant must be nominated for the scholarship by the Graduate Chair of the intended program.

Value: $40,000 per year for up to 4 years

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - Doctoral

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) offers two streams of awards through one application. Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (PGS D) provide financial support to high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in natural sciences or engineering. The CGS D will be offered to the top-ranked applicants and the next tier of meritorious applicants will be offered an NSERC PGS D.

Value:

  • $35,000 a year for 2 or 3 years (CGS D)
  • $21,000 a year for 2 or 3 years (PGS D)

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (VCGS)

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program aims to attract and retain world-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both superior leadership skills and an outstanding record of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. International and domestic candidates are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier CGS.

Value: $50,000 per year for 3 years

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Applications for Internal Scholarships is now open! You can apply for all internal scholarships, unless otherwise stated, by filling out your application here: https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/

Internal Scholarships

Alan G. Davenport Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student conducting research in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alan G. Davenport Wind Tunnel Program, based on academic achievement. Preference will be given to an international student, particularly if s/he is from a developing country. This award was established by family and friends of Dr. Alan Garnet Davenport.

Value: 2 at $1,600

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. The recipient will be selected by the internal Board of Directors in the Alan G. Davenport Research Group, Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Faculty of Engineering. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

CSChE-Particle Technology Research Graduate Award

Awarded annually to a graduate student in Chemical Engineering who presents the best paper at the CBE Annual Graduate Symposium "Research Bridges". This award was established by Dr. Jesse Zhu and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

Value:1 at $1,000 or 2 at $500 Effective: May 2014.

How to Apply: The recipient will be selected by the Graduate Symposium committee with at least one member of the committee holding membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Dean's Global Opportunities Award

Awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students in the Faculty of Engineering who are participating in a Western University international experience or study abroad program for which academic credit or approval from their department or faculty will be obtained. This includes academic exchange programs; approved study abroad programs; curriculum based international field courses/research led by Western University. To qualify for these awards, the experience must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be organized by Western University staff, faculty or department;
  • Be eligible for academic credit; and/or
  • From a required component of the student’s degree program.

Students participating in any of the above listed programs, who are registered at the constituent University, may be considered. Students must have completed their prescribed academic program the previous year and currently be registered in a full-time course load. Students may apply for this award in advance of being accepted into an eligible international learning program with receipt of the award contingent upon acceptance into the program. Students may only receive a Global Opportunities award once during their academic career at Western. This award was established by a generous gift from Dr. Andrew Hrymak, the Dean of Engineering.

Value: 1 at $2,000* Effective: 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 academic years inclusive *$1,000 is being provided by the Donor and matched with $1,000 through the University’s Global Opportunities Awards Program.

How to Apply: Online applications are available on the Global Opportunities website, Western International. Transcripts are required for students who studied elsewhere in their previous academic year. Applications are due November 15th (for decisions in early January) and March 15th (for decisions in early May). Students will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, as well as a statement outlining how this experience will contribute to their development as a global citizen, what they expect to learn through their program of study and how they will be an effective Ambassador for Western.

Douglas W. Muzyka International Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Awarded annually to a full-time MESc or PhD student(s) in the Faculty of Engineering, who is conducting research internationally in collaboration with a host institution or company for a minimum four-month period. Preference will be given to student(s) in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Students must apply for this fellowship by submitting an outline of their research, anticipated expenses (travel, housing and living costs) and what support their thesis supervisor and host institution/company will provide. Externally funded student(s) are eligible to apply. This fellowship was established with a generous gift from Dr. Douglas W. Muzyka (PhD Engineering ’85, MESc ’79, BESc '77).

Value: Number and Value will vary.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ each term. Recipients will be selected by the Associate Chairs Graduate Studies Committee in the Faculty of Engineering. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Dr. Robert Addie Graduate Scholarship in Wind Engineering

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student pursing a Master's or Doctoral degree in Engineering, based on the academic achievement and research merit. Preference will be given to a student specializing in wind engineering and specifically reserach involving WindEEE. The award was established with a generous gift from Mrs. Margo Addie, in memory of her late husband Dr. Robert Addie (PhD '78, Engineering).

Value:1 at $2,000 Effective: May 2015 to April 2020.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. The Graduate Committee in Civil and Environmental Engineering will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee will also be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Eric and Ruby Chung Graduate Award in Geotechnical Engineering

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate student in the Master's or Doctoral program, Civil & Environmental Engineering, who is conducting research in the field of Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering, and has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student whose research has shown industrial application. The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre, with approval of the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will select the recipient each September. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by Mr. Eric Chung (BESc '77, MEng '78) and his wife Ruby Chung, (BSc '78).

Value: 1 at $1,000 Effective: May 2014 to April 2016

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

Fred Groch Graduate Bursary in Engineering

Awarded annually to a graduate student with demonstrated financial need who is conducting research in the Faculty of Engineering at the Master level. Preference will be given to a student specializing in Environmental Engineering. This scholarship was established by Mr. Fred Groch (MEng'71).

Value: 1 at $3,000 Effective: May 2011 to April 2016 inclusive

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. The scholarship committee in the Faculty of Engineering (at least one member must hold representation in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) will select the recipient.

Graduate Scholarship in Structural Engineering

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in Engineering who is specializing in Structural Engineering based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average).

Value: 1 at $1,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. Applications are collected in the Fall term. The Graduate Committee in Civil and Environmental Engineering will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee will also be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

John Booker Award

Awarded to a full-time graduate student pursuing graduate studies in Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering based on academic achievement of a minimum of 78% and professional contributions to the Engineering profession such as conference presentations, delegate to an Engineering association, etc. Preference will be given to students who are conducting research in computational geomechanics. Preference will also be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants, but with consideration to Visa students in their third or fourth year of graduate studies at Western. This award was established by the Geotechnical Research Centre to recognize the academic achievement and professional contribution of students enrolled in graduate studies in Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering.

Value: 1 at $700

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

Julie Lassonde Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time graduate student in any program of Engineering based on academic achievement (minimum 78% average), research related to the faculty's strategic research plan and demonstrated financial need. The candidate will be doing research in one of the following areas: Emerging Green Technologies and Processes, Energy Systems or Infrastructure Renewal and can demonstrate how their research will benefit Ontario, Canada and the world.

Value: 1 at $10,000

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. A committee in the Faculty of Engineering, with at least one representative who is a current member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), will select the recipient.

L.G. Soderman Award in Civil Engineering

The L.G. Soderman Award, established in memory of the late Professor L.G. Soderman, distinguished Canadian geotechnical engineer, is awarded to an engineer to assist him or her in pursuing graduate studies in Civil Engineering at The University of Western Ontario. Preference is given to those entering a geotechnical engineering program.

Value: 2 at $1,3000

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

The E.G.D. Murray Scholarship in Biochemical Engineering

Awarded to a graduate student engaged in research in Biochemical Engineering. Established in honour of Dr. E.G.D. Murray, a distinguished Canadian microbiologist, who was a visiting professor of Medical Research from 1955 to 1964.

Value: 1 at $2,500

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. Students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are nominated by the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Committee based on the OGS applicant pool from the previous Fall.

The Ivan Malek Scholarship in Biochemical Engineering

Awarded to a graduate student engaged in research in Biochemical Engineering. Established in honour of Dr. Ivan Malek, distinguished applied microbiologist, Academician of the Czechoslovakia Academy of Sciences and winner of the Lenin Peace Prize.

Value: 1 at $2,500

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. Students in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are nominated by the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Graduate Committee based on the OGS applicant pool from the previous Fall.

The Milos Novak Memorial Award

The Award will normally be awarded annually to an engineer to pursue graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Special consideration will be given to students working in the area of dynamics and soil-structure interaction who have demonstrated a sound academic background and a potential for contribution to the engineering profession in general. Preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants but consideration will be given to visa students well advanced in their studies at Western. This award will normally be held for one year, but may, under special circumstances, be extended for a second year. The Award was set up in memory of Professor Milos Novak using surplus funds in his computer program account with the Geotechnical Research Centre. Additional funding has come from voluntary public contributions. Professor's Novak's family, Mrs. Kitty Novak and Dr. Milos Novak, Jr. were very supportive in initiating this award.

Value: 2 at $1,100

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

The R.M. Quigley Award

This award was set up from retained contract earnings of the Geotechnical Research Centre and is named after Dr. R.M. Quigley the founding director of the Geotechnical Research Centre and a distinguished Canadian Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineer. It will normally be awarded annually to an engineer or scientist to pursue graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Special consideration will be taken of a candidate's academic, professional and general contributions to the engineering professional and general contributions to the engineering profession. Preference will be given to candidates who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants but with consideration to visa students well advanced in their studies at Western. The Award will normally be held for one year, but may, under special circumstances be extended for a second year.

Value: 2 at $900

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

R.K. Swartman Master of Engineering Program Award

Awarded to graduating students from the Master of Engineering Program, based on outstanding academic achievement and active community engagement. This award will be divided equally between four students from each recognized department in the Faculty of Engineering (Chemical & Biochemical; Civil & Environmental; Electrical & Computer; and Mechanical & Materials). This award was established by Mr. Tim Kwan (BESc'73) in honour of Professor Robert K. Swartman.

Value: 4 at $1,000 Effective Date: May 2014 to April 2018 inclusive

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. Applications should include a CV and a maximum 300 word essay describing the candidates community involvement. Applications will be assessed by the Graduate Chair Committee in the Faculty of Engineering, which includes at least one faculty representative from each of the four core departments identified above. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The final selection of the four students will be made each March.

The Ross and Jean Clark Scholarship

Graduate students specializing in Environmental Engineering who have achieved a minimum 80% academic average and demonstrate financial need are eligible. Selection to be made by the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Engineering Science on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies. This Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Ross and Jean Clark to assist graduate students specializing in Environmental Engineering at Western. Successful candidates must meet OSOTF eligibility requirements.

Value: 2 at $1,100

How to Apply: Applications are accepted through the online application system, https://westerneng.awardspring.ca/ in the Fall term. Selection to be made by the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Engineering Science on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies.

Victor Hangan Global Opportunities Award

Awarded to a graduate student in the Faculty of Engineering who is participating in a Western University international experience or study abroad program for which academic credit or approval from their department or faculty will be obtained. This includes academic exchange programs, approved study abroad programs, and curriculum based international field courses/research led by Western University. Preference will be given to a student travelling to Eastern Europe. To qualify for this awards, the experience must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be organized by Western University staff, faculty or department;
  • Be eligible for academic credit; and/or
  • From a required component of the student’s degree program.

Students participating in any of the above listed programs, who are registered at the constituent University, may be considered. Students must have completed their prescribed academic program the previous year and currently be registered in a full-time course load. Students may apply for this award in advance of being accepted into an eligible international learning program with receipt of the award contingent upon acceptance into the program. Students may only receive a Global Opportunities award once during their academic career at Western.

Value: 1 at $1,000

How to Apply: Online applications are available on the Global Opportunities website, Western International. Transcripts are required for students who studied elsewhere in their previous academic year. Applications are due November 15th (for decisions in early January) and March 15th (for decisions in early May). Students will be selected based on a combination of academic achievement, as well as a statement outlining how this experience will contribute to their development as a global citizen, what they expect to learn through their program of study and how they will be an effective Ambassador for Western.

William E. and Ruth Lardner Gradaute Award

Awarded to a full time graduate student entering the Civil and Environmental Engineering program who is conducting research in the area of geotechnical / structural interface (first preference) or geoenvironmental /infrastructure interface and has at least one year of consulting or industry experience. This award can continue for a second year if a student continues to meet the required criteria (only one student can hold this award during any year). Applicants must submit a one-page statement at the time of their application to the Civil Engineering Graduate Program describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially. The Executive Members of the Geotechnical Research Centre, in consultation with the Graduate Affairs Committee in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will select the recipient. At least one member of the committee must hold membership in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This award was established by William and Ruth Lardner.

Value: 1 at $12,000

How to Apply: For more information, please contact the Geotechnical Research Centre. Applicants must submit a one-page statement at the time of their application to the Civil Engineering Master Program describing their work history, reason for pursuing graduate studies and an outline as to how this award will assist them financially. The recipient will be chosen by the executive members of the Geotechnical Research Centre and approved by the Graduate Affairs Committee of the Faculty of Engineering. All students who meet the criteria will be considered for the award.

A list of previous award winners for internal awards is available here. Congratulations to all the winners!